I have 7 week old chickens still living in their brooder, which is a cardboard box for now. They are our first chickens and they are growing so fast. I have been trying to get my DH to build me a coop for a couple weeks now and if I finally coax him into it I will need to know how to proceed. We have raccoons, hawks, owls and yes, black bear in our neighborhood. The bears are a big concern and of course the other smaller predators are as well. I plan to put the coop in our backyard which is fenced all the way around with 6 foot high wood fencing. We have some room on the side of the house where we could build it out of the way and out of site so it doesn't "bother" my husband who is not a chicken lover. I have never had a bear in my backyard and I hope the fencing is a big deterrent. People we know in the neighborhood had a rabbit hutch sorta coop they were keeping chickens in and the bear got them Does anyone here contend with bears and how do you "bear-proof" your coop and run? Edited to add I would be concerned with run advice too!